Intellectual properties, such as books, magazines, inventions, movies, music, art, reports, trademarks, and software, are the product of resourcefulness and talent that the contemporary society invests in today. Intellectual properties are said to be protected through copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Some properties are even covered with multiple protections. However, these so-called protections may not be sufficient enough to be pirated. Piracy is an activity that is rampant nowadays. This is an activity characterized by copying or reproduction of an intellectual property which is equivalent to stealing.
This is considered to be an infringement of the law (United States Patent and Trademark Office [USPTO]). One of the most noted piracies happens within the computer software industry, otherwise known as ‘software piracy’. Unlike any other intellectual properties, computer software is considered as relatively new, but the laws that govern it are pretty much the same as that of the other copyrighted contents. There is no difference between the copying of software programs and other kinds of intellectual property. Without proper license for copying, the activity may be seen as illegal (USPTO).
All software programs contain license agreements which discuss the terms and conditions on how and when the software is used legally. The licenses may differ from one program to another and its authorization may cover an individual or numerous network users to share and access the application. Although there are governing laws that provide the license to software use, many people are still engaging in software piracy. While some of them are unaware that they are engaging in software piracy, most of the software piracy activities are done intentionally (Software & Information Industry Association [SIIA]).